As local and national health guidelines change, we are updating the mask policy at Frayser Community Schools. Beginning Monday, February 28, masks in all FCS buildings will be optional.
This decision is based on recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Shelby County Health Department, which notes “masks are no longer necessary in counties with low to medium transmission rates.” Currently, Shelby County is one of the counties considered to have low COVID-19 transmission.
Although we are updating the mask policy to reflect health guidance, we will continue to prioritize the safety of our students and staff. We will maintain strict COVID-19 protocols, including increased ventilation, social distancing when possible, and frequent sanitizing—especially in areas of high traffic.
We will also continue to offer free, weekly COVID-19 testing at each of our schools, while also providing more opportunities for vaccinations in the coming weeks.
Please be reminded, CDC guidance states that any individual who feels sick or is displaying COVID-related symptoms should stay home and wear masks until symptoms subside or a negative COVID-19 test is provided.
Although masks are no longer required in FCS buildings, we still strongly recommend the wearing of protective coverings over the mouth and nose. Health guidelines still acknowledge that wearing a mask is one of the most effective tools in decreasing the spread of COVID-19.
The FCS COVID-19 plan has enabled us to keep our schools open and remain a safe place for our families. We will continue to prioritize health and safety while observing local and national health guidance. Additionally, we will closely monitor COVID-19 transmission rates in our schools and adjust our policy if needed.
Parents, we are always open to your feedback and will continue to provide an outlet for you to address any questions or concerns. Please call your child’s school for more information.